Monday, July 7, 2008

Stitches














These are the felt ornaments that I posted a few days ago, seen from the backside before they were trimmed and painted. I've often thought about doing a self-portrait like this, stitched on felt, and viewed from the reverse with all the messy stitching showing. I love the line quality of the untrimmed threads - they make a compelling drawing. This could be an interesting and effective way of showing what is behind the painted finished surface of our public face - of revealing what is covered by the mask we wear...

6 comments:

Susan Beauchemin said...

What mask! Time does it--time turns our faces around with all sorts of great lines and rolls of skin.

Bill Sharp said...

I love these, from both sides.

Martha Miller said...

sue:

yup! the old face is evolving into quite the map!!

Martha Miller said...

thanks, bill! nice to hear from you again! how are the self-portraits coming?

Don Gray said...

I love these, Martha! You're right, they make very expressive drawings.

Martha Miller said...

hi don:

thanks! yes - imagine a whole canvas like this. it would be wild!